25th Filmfare Awards South (1978)

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The 25th Filmfare Awards South (1978) was held in Chennai. It was the fourth time when the ceremony was held in Chennai.

In the year 1972, the show was held in Chennai. It was the first time when the show was held outside Bombay. The show was again held in Bombay in the years 1973 and 1974. Earlier the ceremony was held in Bombay from 1964 to 1971 in a row.

Thereafter since the 22nd Filmfare Awards South (1975), the ceremony started regularly in Chennai.

About Filmfare Awards South

Filmfare Awards South is a separate segment of the annual Filmfare Awards. The First Filmfare Awards were given on 21 March 1954.

Initially, only Hindi cinema personalities get nominated and awarded in various Filmfare Categories. Thereafter, Filmfare started new segments like Filmfare South, Filmfare Marathi, and Filmfare Bengali.

Filmfare Magazine presents Filmfare Awards. The Time Group publish the Filmfare magazine. Filmfare Awards acknowledge and honor the talent of Hindi Cinema. Whereas Filmfare Awards South aims to consider South Indian Films and related film personalities to honor and encourage them.

Introduction of Filmfare Awards South 

South Film Industry makes films in mainly four languages namely Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada. Thus, Filmfare Magazine introduced the new segment of Filmfare Awards for South.

The First Filmfare Award was held in the year 1954 in Bombay (now Mumbai). Filmfare presented awards, for Hindi Cinema, in five categories only.

Thereafter, Filmfare introduced Filmfare Awards South in the year 1964. Meaning thereby, after ten (10) years of the First Filmfare Awards held in Bombay (now Mumbai).

In the meantime, Filmfare also introduced Filmfare Awards East and Filmfare Marathi Awards in 1963. Filmfare Awards East were initially meant for Bangla Cinema. However, Assamese and Odia cinema were also included in the year 2014.

South Indian Films (Tamil and Telugu only) were considered in the 11th, 12th, and 13th Filmfare Awards South. Malayalam Films were added to the 14th Filmfare Awards South (1967). Thereafter, Kannada Films were also added to the 17th Filmfare Awards South. Thus, all four languages of South Indian Films were considered for awards since the 17th Filmfare Awards South (1970).

Introduction of New Categories

Filmfare Awards South presented awards in the category of Best Film only from 1964 to 1972.

Filmfare introduced new categories of awards in the 20th Filmfare Awards (1973). These new categories were Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress.

Thus, the number of award categories became four (4) since the 20th Filmfare Awards South (1973). Now onwards all awards were presented in all four main categories as such Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress.

Winners of 25th Filmfare Awards South (1978)

Tamil Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmN. S. Mani (Producer)Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri
Best DirectorS. P. MuthuramanBhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri
Best ActorKamal Haasan16 Vayathinile
Best ActressSujathaAvargal

Telugu Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmSatyanarayana (Producer)Adavi Ramudu
Suryanarayana (Producer)
Best DirectorK. Raghavendra RaoPremalekhalu
Best ActorKrishnam RajuAmaradeepam
Best ActressJayasudhaAame Katha

Malayalam Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmHari Pothan (Producer)Itha Ivide Vare
Best DirectorI. V. SasiItha Ivide Vare
Best ActorMadhuYudhakaandam
Best ActressSheelaLakshmi

Kannada Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmB. M. Venkatesh (Producer)Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane
Chandulal Jain (Producer)
Best DirectorK. S. Prakash RaoGanda Hendathi
Best ActorManuTabbaliyu Neenade Magane
Best ActressManjulaDeepa

Special Jury Award

RecipientFilm
Sridevi (Actress)
(For excellent Performance)
16 Vayathinile
(Tamil)
Special Award-25th Filfmare South (1978)

Most Awards-25th Filmfare Awards South (1978)

  • Film Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri won two awards.
    • The film won Best Film (Tamil) and Best Director (Tamil).
    • S. P. Muthuraman won the Best Director (Tamil).
  • Film Itha Ivide Vare won two awards.
    • The film won Best Film (Malayalam) and Best Director (Malayalam).
    • I. V. Sasi won the Best Director (Malayalam).
  • Film Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane won two awards.
    • The film won Best Film (Kannada) and Best Actor (Kannada).
    • Manu won the Best Actor Award (Kannada).

Highlights (25th Filmfare Awards South)

  • Actress Sridevi received the Special Award for the Tamil language film 16 Vayathinile.
  • Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri won the Best Film Award (Tamil).
    • Adavi Ramudu won the Best Film Award (Telugu).
    • Itha Ivide Vare won the Best Film Award (Malayalam).
    • Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane won the Best Film Award (Kannada).
  • S. P. Muthuraman won the Best Director Award (Tamil) for the film Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri.
    • S. P. Muthuraman won his 2nd consecutive Best Director Award (Tamil).
    • He won the Best Director Award (Tamil) for the film Oru in the 24th Filmfare Awards South (1977).
  • K. Raghavendra Rao won the Best Director Award (Telugu) for the film Premalekhalu.
  • I. V. Sasi won the Best Director Award (Malayalam) for the film Itha Ivide Vare.
  • K. S. Prakash Rao won the Best Director Award (Kannada) for the film Ganda Hendathi.
  • Kamal Haasan won the Best Actor Award (Tamil) for the film 16 Vayathinil.
    • Kamal Haasan won his 4th consecutive Best Actor Award
    • He won Best Actor (Malayalam) for the film Kanyakumari in the 22nd Filmfare Awards South (1975).
    • Kamal Haasan won the Best Actor Award (Tamil) for the film Apoorva Raagangal in the 23rd Filmfare Awards South (1976).
    • He won the Best Actor Award (Tamil) for the film Oru Oodhappu Kan Simittugiradhu in the 24th Filmfare Awards (1977).
  • Krishnam Raju won the Best Actor Award (Telugu) for the film Amaradeepam.
  • Madhu (Madhavan Nair) won Best Actor (Malayalam) for the film Yudhakaandam.
    • Madhu won his 2nd consecutive Best Actor Award (Malayalam).
    • He won the Best Actor (Malayalam) for the film Theekkanal in the 24th Filmfare Awards (1977).
  • Manu won the Best Actor Award (Kannada) for the film Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane.
  • Sujatha won the Best Actress Award (Tamil) for the film Avargal.
    • Sujatha won her 3rd consecutive Best Actress Award (Tamil).
    • She won the Best Actress Award (Tamil) for the film Uravu Solla Oruva in the 23rd Filmfare Awards South (1976).
    • She also won the Best Actress Award (Tamil) for the film Annakili in the 24th Filmfare Awards South (1977).
  • Jayasudha won the Best Actress Award (Telugu) for the film Aame Katha.
    • Jayasudha won her 2nd consecutive Best Actress (Telugu) award.
    • She won the Best Actress Award (Telugu) for the film Jyothi in the 24th Filmfare Awards South (1977).
  • Sheela won the Best Actress Award (Malayalam) for the film Lakshmi
  • Manjula the Best Actress Award (Kannada) for the film Deepa.

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